Pinwheel Themed Dol

All this talk on my daughter’s Doljanchi (also referred to as a Dol), a Korean first birthday, and how to make a Dol Tower, I thought I would include a post of how I decorated with a pinwheel theme so you can see all the DIY and the final product.

As I mentioned in my post How to Make a Dol Tower, the Dol has the same constructs as the American birthday but combined with traditions like a Dol Table (featuring Dol Towers, fruit, banner, rice cakes, etc.), Hanbok (traditional outfit), traditional food and of course the Doljabi event (baby foretells the future).

Favors for the Dol

Favors for the Dol

Close up Favor for the Dol

Close up Favor for the Dol

The favors were Chinese take out contains with handmade pinwheels attached.  (Yes, I affixed silver beads to every pinwheel that decorated the Dol. Crazy, yes.) I only ordered 50 containers thinking only 40 people would attend the Dol.  When our numbers were finalizing around 60+, so I had to come up with alternatives.  So, the child favors were brown paper bags with handmade pinwheels attached.  (I looked for white bags, but couldn’t find any and in the 11th hour I just had to get them made already…so brown paper bags it was!)  The adult favors had candy and were given as they left the party.  (We even had a sign and placed the table near the jackets so people knew to take one as they left.)  The children favors were given as they arrived so they had a few little toys to entertain themselves.  The boy favors had bubbles, an inflatable ball and vintage painted wooden cars.  The older girl favors also had bubbles and an inflatable ball but they also had a princess ring and bracelet.  The younger girls favors had a rubber ducky instead of the jewelry.  The favors for the kids seemed to be a hit and giving them at the beginning of the Dol was the way to go!

Buffet at the Dol, featured on pinwheel food labels

Buffet at the Dol, featured on pinwheel food labels

Even the food got decorated with pinwheels!  I made food labels for each of the items served since we were not in a restaurant but had it catered in a clubhouse. All the food served at the Dol was a combination of my daughter’s nationality — Lebanese, Italian and Korean.

We also served the customary beverages, water, soda, wine (red and white) and craft beer.  I didn’t get a picture but instead of wine tags for the wine glasses, we had sharpies in the colors of the party for people to write on the glass.  (It comes off with water or rubbing alcohol. Yes, permanent marker comes off glass.) The special treat here was the craft beer.  There was three different styled IPA’s from Two Beagles Brewing. What a generous gift!

 

Doljabi board

Doljabi board

The Doljabi board goes along with the Doljabi Event.  The board is a decoration and placed on a table with small containers for party guest to “bet” on what our daughter will choose using a yellow ticket (featured in yellow on the bottom right corner of the picture).  Our daughter picked the microphone and we gave all those who selected the mic $1 scratch off lottery tickets.  The two grand prize winners won cash.

The board itself my husband designed and we had it printed at Costco on poster board paper.  We made the backing out of cardboard and affixed an easel to it.  Between the designing of the board, printing, and mounting you can easily spend well over $150.  These ‘decorations’ don’t come cheap, so planning a DIY way definitely can help make everything affordable!

It was a lovely party, but done completely for my husband and my daughter.  Our culture and heritage is important to my husband and I, and particularly important to preserve for our daughter.  So, I worked har d on putting this together and thinking through the details so it could be wonderful for them…and it was.  Now, next year it will be an extremely small party and cake.  🙂

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